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hysterics

noun [plural] uk   /hɪˈster.ɪks/ us  
uncontrolled behaviour or crying, usually caused by extreme fear or sadness: Convinced the plane was about to crash, many people were sobbing and in hysterics.Becoming too excited and easily upsetMental and psychiatric disorders informal uncontrolled laughter: He was hilarious - he had us all in hysterics.Laughing and smiling
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